Commemorative song suitable for school performances
Can You Hear Australia's Heroes Marching?
The global aspect of the internet has allowed many people from other countries to hear the song. For instance, some years ago a publishing house in Norway asked for the song.
"The Norwegian publishing house Aschehoug is about to publish a new series of English schoolbooks for 8-10th grade in the Norwegian market. In this new series, called Key English, we want to make use of the song "Can You Hear Australia's Heroes Marching".
The words (lyrics) to the song have been requested to be used or read at commemorative ceremonies. Download the lyrics HERE.
You can now download 'Can You Hear Australia's Heroes Marching?' (recorded 2001) FOR FREE at the song's official website download page HERE. The website is a Mobile Friendly website.
Over the past 14 years the song has touched many people's hearts and at this very special time in Australia, with the centenary of the landing at Gallipoli on April 25, 2015 and the ANZAC Centenary 2014 - 2018, the author of the song has made the song available for free. There is also a longer 4 minute version (recorded 2001) which is also free to download.
Sheet music and backing track mp3 is also available for download. Sheet music includes full arrangement, choir, solo voice, piano, guitar (bass & electric), trumpet and drum kit. The sheet music and backing track can be purchased at the download page.
Many options are now available for schools, including USB's (with videos). All these options are relatively new, so take a look at the download page link above.
Many schools in Australia have asked to use the song over the past 14 years for commemorative purposes. Below are a few emails from the many the author receives requesting the song for school commemorative purposes. Names of people and schools have been omitted for privacy reasons.
"Just a quick note to say thank you for the use of your song, and to let you know that our Anzac Day ceremony (held today) was an outstanding success. The overwhelming reaction that I got was due mostly to your beautiful remembrance song. I received so many favourable comments, and there was even some tears amongst those that attended. We had a couple of returned servicemen as our special guests and speakers, and they too were very moved by it. So thank you once again."
"Just to let you know, we did a powerpoint presentation which combined photos of the local Anzac March with our school group, our students who marched with cadets etc and photos of the armed forces in Afghanistan, East Timor, Vietnam, Korea and both World Wars. Your song was the backing track. It was very powerful."
"Heard the song on the net and would love to do at our school anzac day ceremony."
"I was wondering if it was possible to be sent the sheet music of piano and trumpet for the song as we would love to sing your song at our school's remembrance day service?"
"I ask permission to use your song, 'Can You Hear Austalia's Heroes Marching' on two occasions. One is at the Anzac Day ceremony at our school in... where the school choir will perform the item, and the second at the ceremony, also in... in commemoration of the Nashos where I will sing it."
"We are a small school located near... and would love to have a copy of the lyrics to "Can You Hear Australia's Heroes Marching?". Could you please send a copy of the lyrics to the song at your earliest convenience."
"We would like permission to use the song for our school ANZAC Day Service powerpoint presentation. This will compliment our new ANZAC Memorial Garden..."
"Our school is currently organising a Commemorative Service for ANZAC day and would love to teach the junior choir the song."
"Is it possible to receive the lyrics so the children can learn the words for our ANZAC day ceremony."
"I’d like to use the song for the college’s ANZAC 07 ceremony."
"I am a mum and also a Teacher's Aide looking for resources for our school Anzac Day ceremony next term - I would love to be able to play your song and hope this may be possible."
"Could I please have the file of this most beautiful song, I would like to play it at the School Anzac Day celebrations."
"Our Year 7s are organising the Anzac Day Service for our school this year and I have heard your song and believe it would be ideal to be played at the service."
"I was searching around for songs to play at my High School's Anzac Day service and yours has struck me as the best. I was wondering if I could use it, as I am composing the video for the service, as the background music. I would be very grateful."
"I really enjoyed your song and would love to use it as part of our ANZAC Day celebrations on Monday."
"Can you please forward me a copy of the lyrics and music sheet for the song... as I am currently planning an ANZAC Day service for my local school."
"My name is... and I am a student at... I also hold the position of Cultural Leader and I would like to play your song on my violin for our Anzac Day Service."
"I have discovered your ANZAC song while searching for an appropriate Anzac song for our school service. Would it be possible to have a copy of the lyrics/music sheet/song sent to me."
"I am a Middle School Music teacher at... I came upon your website whilst researching for appropriate songs to teach my school's choir for Anzac Day and I believe 'Can You Hear Australia's Heroes Marching?' would be a highly effective piece for our annual Anzac celebrations."
The background photograph was taken by Peter Barnes at the Portland War Memorial in Victoria, Australia.
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Topics covered by this webpage include: backing track - school sheet music for anzac day and remembrance day
If a school is looking for a video to screen for commemorative purposes the video below can be used FOR FREE. It is a brand new HD video with the mastered version of the song and all photographs on the video were taken by Peter Barnes, the author and copyright owner of the song.
New Video - Memorial to all the Australians who died on the Western Front in WW1.
Nearly half of all Australians who died in all wars, died on the Western Front from 1916 to 1918.
The words to 'You never came home' were written by Peter Barnes. The music is Copin's Funeral March. The photographs come from the Australian War Memorial.